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New Giraffokeryx and Giraffa (Ruminantia, Giraffidae) Dental Material from Lower Siwaliks of Northern Pakistan

New Giraffokeryx and Giraffa (Ruminantia, Giraffidae) Dental Material from Lower Siwaliks of Northern Pakistan

Kiran Aftab1,*,Muhammad Asim2, Muhammad Khalil Nawaz2, M. Adeeb Babar2, Muhammad Akbar Khan2 and Zaheer Ahmed3 

1Zoology Department, University of Gujrat, Gujrat 
2Dr. Abu Bakr Fossil Display and Research Centre, Zoology Department, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, University of Punjab, Lahore
3Department of Zoology, GC University, Lahore  

*      Corresponding author: dr.kiran@uog.edu.pk

 

ABSTRACT

Giraffokeryx punjabiensis and Giraffa priscilla have been discovered from the outcrops of district Chakwal, Punjab, Pakistan. The present description is about newly recovered specimens of small sized giraffids from Dhok Bun Amir Khatoon and Kund. These Middle Miocene localities are found within the Chinji Formation of the Lower Siwalik Subgroup in northern Pakistan. Our reports include isolated teeth, maxilla and mandible fragments of Giraffokeryx punjabiensis and Giraffa priscilla, which exhibit some primitive features for the Lower Siwalik giraffids. This paper also documents the first middle Miocene giraffid from the Kund locality of the Siwaliks. The lower sized giraffids preferred to inhabit the forested areas of the Siwalik.
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

December

Vol. 50, Iss. 6, Pages 1999-2398

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